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published on 05/25/2006

Be Safe Tip

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The spring-like weather we are having has prompted many nature enthusiasts to take advantage of the trails of Signal Mountain. The Signal Mountain Fire Department would like to encourage everyone to do so in a safe manner.

Changing weather, inadequate planning, and medical conditions can lead to unforeseen problems we hope for you to avoid. Recently trailblazers have taken advantage of the warm sunny days. These sunny days can very quickly turn into bitterly cold nights. As the old saying goes “if you don’t like the weather just wait a minute it will change.” Winter months are especially subject to these extreme changes. These are some tips we would like to pass on to you. We advise everyone to dress appropriately when entering the trails. Check the weather forecast.
Warm dry clothes and rainwear should be carried along even if not worn.

Planning is crucial to an enjoyable hike. Before you begin make sure you are well hydrated. You should make sure that someone knows what time you are entering the trail and what time you plan to exit. It is a good idea to hike with a partner. Although cell phone service is limited on most trails keep one with you. It may be cumbersome to carry basic wilderness survival equipment for a single day hike but if you become lost these items can keep you safe. These items include a lighter or matches, a container for water, flashlight, pocketknife, pen and paper, and a map. Feel free to call the Signal Mountain Fire Dept. at and tell us your entering and exiting times, the location of entry and exit, number of people in your party, the type of vehicle you are driving, a cell phone number, and any special needs of the members of your party. If you inform us of any medical conditions that members of your party have we can bring more specific and necessary equipment to you faster in case of an emergency. The Signal Mountain Fire Department hopes you take advantage of the trails of Signal Mountain and encourage you to use these tips to stay safe.

Signal Mountain Fire Department
Firefighter Terry Cates

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